Nobody can resist to sit by the fire pit in the evening, sharing a good story or roasting some marshmallows, especially when the evening is pleasant and you have friends over. When building a fire pit there are many precautions to consider so you do not cause damage to your property, or set something on fire accidentally. Also keep in mind that maintaining a fire pit is sometimes a messy job, and if you are going to use other fuel than wood, it will be very important to keep it in good shape.
Decide on where you are going to put it
Building a fire pit should not be hard, but you have to take a few precautionary measures in order to make sure that the fire cannot hurt anyone and that you cannot set something ablaze. Keep in mind that if you have pets, or small children, you will need to keep them at a safe distance or even surround the pit with a safety fence. Make sure you find the right location in your backyard with a great view to complement it.
Choose a design you would like to have
Just like choosing anything for your home, you need to make sure that your new fire pit will go well together with the overall design of your garden and house. It is a good idea to do some research online for creative ideas that you like, and then hopefully you can adopt one of these and incorporate into your home’s design.
Having the right material is important
When building a fire pit, it is very important that you choose the right material, because you will need to contain the fire. If you are considering building a gas pit, it will be a bit different as you will have to be careful where you put the gas pipe so that it is not close to anything that might damage it and cause a leak.
Going modern with your fire pit
The good thing about gas fire pits is that you can install modern burner pits, which will be easier to maintain and are safer as you will not have to worry about putting the fire out. Though, you still need to make sure that the fire is not close to anything flammable. Moreover, you will need to have regular inspections to make sure that there are no leaks.
Adding the finishing touches
Once you are happy with your choices, and if you want to make your fire pit seem nicer and more appealing, think about adding a few finishing touches which could brighten up your backyard. Consider installing fixed bench seats around the pit or some outdoor feature LED spot lights to highlight the fire pit. Adding lava rocks as a design feature that will not only cover the burner, but will look extremely nice once you have your fire going. Moreover, think about adding flame-retardant materials so that nobody can get hurt, and that the fire can be contained without having to resort to any drastic measures.
Make sure you install everything
Having a fire pit is a responsibility, and keep in mind that with a gas burner you will have to have a supply of gas and maintain the pipeline. Moreover, you will have to have a design that is economical and easy to maintain, and most importantly a structure to contain the fire in, because a wildfire can be dangerous to everyone and everything. Before you start a fire though, brush up on your campfire etiquette so that you know exactly what to do, and that you can enjoy yourself with your friends when the party gets going.
Remember the coals or ashes in a fire pit stay warm for days after the fire has been extinguished. To be safe, allow ashes and coals to cool in the pit for several days. When it is time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down. Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away. DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.